UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Flyweights: Apr 24/20

UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Flyweights: Apr 24/20

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Flyweights: Apr 24/20


Jul 16, 2017; Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom; Alexandre Pantoja (red gloves) fights Neil Seery (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at SSE Hydro. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports

There is constant debate about the “official” UFC fighter rankings, which are based on voting from a panel of journalists.  Such is the case with something as subjective as voting – it’s totally based on voter’s opinion, and biases are bound to seep through, whether intentional or no.  So to try to put a fresh, objective, data-driven spin on rankings, The MMA Manifesto has come up with a performance based ranking system, solely based on how a fighter has performed in the cage.  Next up: The Flyweights.


*stipulations: 1) any fighter currently suspended or 2) inactive for at least 12 months (without an upcoming fight scheduled) are excluded from the rankings 

  • Scoring based on a fighter’s past 10 UFC performances (we use a five year time limit, so if they have fought less than 10 times in past five years, only the fights within that time frame are counted)
  • Points based on a fighter’s opponent’s UFC win/loss record (ie strength of schedule – the more successful a vanquished opponent is, the more points awarded), extra points given for finishes, extra points given for title fight wins.  
  • Points are weighed so most recent fights are worth more (ie most recent fight counts the most, 10th most recent fight the least)
  • No points awarded for a loss


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(first column performance based ranking, second column is last ranking, third column is official UFC ranking from UFC.com)

Stats Last UFC Total
Rank Rank Rank
1 1 1 Deiveson Figueiredo 197.5
2 2 2 Joseph Benavidez 153
3 3 3 Jussier Formiga 114.5
4 4 4 Alexandre Pantoja 109.5
5 5 5 Brandon Moreno 106.5
6 6 10 Matt Schnell 80
7 7 9 Alex Perez 65.5
8 9 11 Tim Elliott 32
9 10 14 Mark De La Rosa 18.5
10 11 7 Kai Kara-France 15.5
11 12 8 Rogerio Bontorin 13
12 13 13 Raulian Paiva 10
13 14 6 Askar Askarov 5
13 NR 15 David Dvorak 5
13 14 Su Mudaerji 5
16 16 12 Jordan Espinosa 4
17 17 Bruno Silva 0
17 17 Tyson Nam 0


Check back Monday for our women’s featherweight/bantamweight rankings

Performance Based Rankings:

Light Heavyweights
Women’s Feather/Bantamweights
Women’s Flyweights
Women’s Strawweights
Pound for Pound


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